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Brexit - UCB message remains fixed

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Dear colleague, customer, supplier

With less than 2 months remaining before the exit of the UK from the European Union on 29th March 2019, we write to confirm our contingency plans we have established.

There is still uncertainty on how any final arrangement will be structured, but an agreement looks more possible to ensure the continued free movement of material and people across the EU.

The UK Government has announced this week to implement some ‘transitional simplified procedures’ – these will simply allow trucks to continue to flow through Ports / Channel Tunnel Rail as they always have, needing only an online declaration to be made prior to movement. UCB has the necessary infrastructure in place to complete this process.

From the final quarter of 2018, UCB has continued to add additional inventory into key locations of our UCB owned distributors. We have grown our stock holding to allow the continued supply of UNIBAR to each local market. Should there be any delays or short-term restriction in the movement of our products, our stock across Europe will give adequate cover to maintain supply to our customers.

We also remind you that we still have a strong manufacturing base within the EU, which will remain totally unaffected by the outcome – UCB Cast Profil in Northern Spain is still operating strongly and will remain to do so.

The UCB message remains fixed, although the final outcome is still being defined, we have contingency plans in place to avoid interruption to the supply and direct flow of our products from any UCB operating site to our customers.

Sincerely yours,

Alessandro Rottach
UCB Group Managing Director